For $10, which will cover material fees, participants will learn how to use resources, such as old newspapers on microfilm, U.S. Census records and ancestry websites, to research their family history. Residents are asked to bring information regarding the family line they wish to investigate to Saturday's class.
"They'll learn how to sort of analyze their person to know where to go and what to look for," Cochran said. "It's like hunting a missing person. You start with the last place you know they were and then you start backtracking to locate them. It's like being a detective. When you answer one question, you find that you've got 10 more that's out there that you need to know about it. So this is a quest and you're always on it.
"Anybody that's ever said they've finished their genealogy, they're crazy because it never stops. It keeps going on and on. You can either go backwards or forwards, either way. And I have traced some people's back to like 1100 in England and in France, in Germany. In places like that, they have such excellent records over there through the churches. You can locate lines, and also the heraldry, because they were proud of their names before they came to America. So once you get over there, you're going to find all kinds of details on your people."
For an overview of the EVHS' resources, some of which are online, visit www.evhsonline.org. Some of the available materials include public records, newspapers, court books, published family histories, photographs and maps.
According to the website, "EVHS houses an ever-expanding library of books and research material on local and regional history which is available to the community and includes many primary sources. While this is by no means a comprehensive list of EVHS resources, it does allow visitors to our website an idea of what types of resources we have. Two microfilm readers are available, both with copying capability; microfilm copies are 25 [cents] each. A photocopier is also available; photocopies are 10 [cents] each.
"We continue to seek donations of any books written about Cass/Bartow County or by Bartow County authors. In addition, school annuals, city directories, Georgia histories, Georgia county histories, and genealogical books and materials are needed. We hope you'll check your bookshelves and consider donating to the EVHS Library and Research Facility. Your contributions and tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated."
Due to the class being limited in size, people are urged to register for the offering by calling 770-606-8862 on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.